To be truthful, we are still a little bit shocked that given the terrible results Alan Pardew has had at Newcastle this year – he is still the Newcastle manager – but he’s caused his (many) detractors to become just a little bit quiet of late.
Don Hutchinson while at West Hamm
Where’s the ball?
That website sackpardew.com is still active, but their last article was back on Halloween – and since then we’ve beaten Liverpool 1-0 at home and West Brom 2-0 away and the lads, especially our younger players, have played very well, and young Ayoze Perez scored a (great) goal in each one of those games.
Players like Paul Dummett and Mehdi Abeid have been playing so well for the team since then.
That last article basically said that the sackpardew.com bunch will be right, and soon Pardew will be back losing games – or something to that affect – it was a long article.
Gateshead-born Don Hutchinson, the former Sunderland player has a very good column in the Chronicle, and Don called for Alan Pardew’s firing some weeks ago.
Don played for West Ham from 2001-2005, and Pardew was the manager there from 2003 until the end of 2006 – so Don has played for Alan – so he knows how the man operates on the training filed and in the dressing room.
Don thinks it’s Alan’s arrogance that has kept him in the job, but he admits that if he was Alan he would have walked away from the job weeks ago – and we’re convinced a lot of other managers would have done that too.
This is some of what Don has said today:
I thought the Newcastle United manager should have been sacked, but the man is proving us all wrong now
If I were Alan Pardew I would have walked out on Newcastle United weeks ago.
In fact, most other people in football couldn’t have taken all the flack. Who needs or wants that in their lives?
Pardew couldn’t even stand on the touchline without being verbally abused by his own fans. It must have been horrible and I genuinely felt sorry for the guy, despite our past differences.
To be fair to Pardew, he handled it all really well.
I couldn’t have taken it. The man looked ill. He wasn’t himself. I felt that it would be in his best interests to walk away. Nobody could have blamed him.
However, there is something in Pardew’s make-up, a mixture of arrogance and being thick-skinned, that made him stay and determined to ride out the storm.
I would actually suggest it’s 90 per cent arrogance – I know from personal experience that makes up so much of his personality.
That’s not me having a go because Pardew’s seemingly unshakable self-belief got him through. It’s a good job that is his character because many more would have said; “That’s it for me, no more.”
One of the things we like about Don is that he is willing to change his opinion when the facts change – and that’s difficult for some people.
And he’s also brutally honest about himself.
Those are good insights by Don Hutchinson, because most other clubs would have fired Alan, and if he hadn’t been fired, many other managers would have simply walked away.
It’s almost the same as when a CEO of a company has a continuing set of poor financial results, and they have to somehow turn things around – and fairly quickly – otherwise they will be fired.
That pressure can get very tough mentally the longer it goes on – which is why the vast majority of CEOs are tough on the mental side of things.
It was Alan’s character, which included arrogance, and what we think is an unbelievable mental toughness – that kept him doing the job on Tyneside.
You have to remember that in our poll, something close to 80% of fans wanted him fired after the Stoke defeat, and in that hostile environment he had to prepare the team for the next game.
At that time we were convinced he was on his way out of Newcastle – we were wrong.
Pardew kept doing his job, and we’ve had a draw at Swansea, and five successive wins since that time.
Suddenly – and almost out of the blue, Alan and his players have rather dramatically turned this whole thing around.
The results of the last five game – all wins – have been fantastic – and all we are thinking about now is how many wins and how many points can we get on the board before the end of the year.
But unlike last season – Alan and our players have to keep it up after the turn of the year – which we didn’t do last season.
Let’s hope Mike Ashley doesn’t sell one of our top players in January – like Cheick Tiote for example.
It’s time for Alan to get more consistency into his management – and keep getting us wins.
It’s not easy at all in the Premier League these days, as the bigger clubs like the two Manchester clubs, Arsenal and Liverpool are finding out this season.
But this season could even turn out to be a (very) good season for Newcastle United, and given the start we had that would be astonishing.
But we are all for that!
Howay The Lads!!
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